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unWeekly - Let's Go, Snail Trail!

Snail Trail is a racing game based on Avalanche Network. The game theme is quite interesting: a racing competition between snails.
In this post, I’m going to give a brief about this game, pick up some key points from the doc and share my gaming strategy. 
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Current Status
Snail Trail 🔺🐌
Dear Slime Gang 🐌,

We are experiencing a DDOS threat on the website at the moment and are engaging independent cyber security teams as we speak to resolve the issue.
Currently, all 7500 genesis snails have been minted. As for the minting situation, after the whitelist mint, there was an allowlist mint for the XAVA KYC user; all the left snails were minted in this stage. So, there are no snails left for the public mint, which means that the snail tails got a good vibe before the game launch.
The floor price of the Garden snail raised from 2 AVAX to 4.x AVAX, and it’s 3.x AVAX now due to the unfortunate emergency before the game launch. In short, the game didn’t go as planned.
According to the official Twitter announcement, Snail Trail received ddos attack, and the dev team needs five days to solve this issue. It’s hard to understand a cyber security issue needs so much time to solve. But anyway, it gives my reader more time to prepare, do dd and design the strategy.
How to Play/Win
Just like the other racing games, to win the game, your drivers need to be faster than others, and so do the snails (it’s hard to say snail runs ‘fast’).
According to the doc, the speed is influenced by these attributes: Family & Genes, Purity, Adaptation, Trail Preference, Genome Coefficients, Class, and Generation. Some of the attributes are genuinely random; here, I’d like to talk about those that we can control in this stage. They are Family & Genes and Adaptations.
Family & Genes
Gene is the critical attribute that influences the speed most. Each snail has 20 genes in its genome. The most dominant gene determines its family. Purity represents the most common gene in a snail’s genetic sequence.
Each gene represents a family, this is the family valuable rank: Atlantis > Agate > Milk > Helix > Garden. Rank in gene: X > A > M > H > G.
All the purity of the genesis genome is 11, and there’re four random genes.
The higher level of a gene is, the more expensive it is. For individual snail, there’s no need to care about the sequence. However, when I come to the breeding, we have to think about the arrangement, especially breeding for the Atlantis Snails.
If you’re a professional player and want to train a game killer snail, you can choose an Atlantis snail because the Atlantis one is more competitive in daily mission and competitive (PVP) games. Indeed, it costs more.
If you’re a normal player and want to have a higher R/R (Risk/Reward) level, you can give up the competition in the gene and turn to adaptation. Try to win the daily mission with the help of transformation.
Adaptations are easier to understand. Each snail adapts in a unique way to its environment. However, this does not mean that a Cold Adaptive Snail never performs well in Hot conditions. The snail performs better in an adapting climate. Each snail has three adaption spots, the second one unlocked in LV5, and the third opened in LV15. Level 5 and level 15 are critical levels as snails with two adoptions have more benefits than the one adaption snails in games.
There’re three categories of adaptions, and each category has different adaptions. A total number of adoptions is 16 (6+6+4 = 16). And there’re 6*6*4 = 164 adaption combinations.
It’s hard to create a snail trail team including all adaption combinations (166 snails), but it’s acceptable to make a group including all single adaptations (16 snails). The approximate cost is 4*16 = 64 AVAX.
With an all-adapt team, you can handle most of the game currently. When choosing the snail to race, select the most adaptive one.
Breeding System
The breeding system of Snail Trail is delicate. You need to understand the DNA Crossing and Breeding Fee.
There’re two ways to breed:
  1. male snail + female snail
  2. female snail + a genome of another male(buy from the marketplace)
DNA Crossing
Since the gene is the critical attribute to speed, DNA crossing is essential for breeding. In breeding, each spot of the genome will decide by both snails. For one site, it will randomly choose from the parent snails’ matching gene spot. e.g., the 1st spot of parents is both X, so the 1st spot of the next generation will be X. If they are different, it will result in random choosing.
This DNA crossing mechanism results in infinite possible crossing breeding between different families, resulting in next-generation snails belonging to all potential families.
As for the arrangement of the genome, two similar genomes combined will result in a purity increase, while two different combined will cause purity to decrease. Thus, to increase the purity, we might consider the genome arrangement.
Breeding Fee
The breeding fee design is reasonable. There’s an everyday breeding threshold that will affect the next-day breeding fee.
When the breeding amount exceeds the threshold, the next-day breeding fee increase; if not, it will decrease. This mechanism will control the breeding speed in a normal and maintain the price of snails in a sound stage. (Personally, I think this fee mechanism is better than the StepN one, which is too centralized)
How to earn
There’re three ways to earn in Snail Trail:
  • Breeding
  • Daily Mission (Earn from the token emission)
  • Competition (PVP)
By breeding, you can choose to sell the new birth snail or genome from the male snail.
Daily Mission
The daily mission is the easiest way to earn tokens. There’s no entry fee for the daily task, and every participant can earn the reward.
The reward pool of daily mission is dynamic, which is following the token emission plan. The token emission speed is gradually decreased.
A snail can take part in the game every N hours.
The distance of the game is fixed in the Daily mission.
Competition (PVP)
The competition race might be the primary income of Snail Trail, which is also the most exciting part.
Each competition race is 10 participants, and there’s an entry fee that will flow to the reward pool. After the race, the champion will win a 5x entry fee as a reward, 3x for the second place, and 2x for the third place. The left participants earn nothing but XP.
Snails can participate in the competition at any time. The race distance is flexible, from 10 to 42.
Choosing the right and fast snail to play the competition race will earn more.
Personal Strategy
I prefer to build a fully-adaptive snail team. So I’d like to buy
Common snails for 16 adaptions. The lower cost, the better. These floor price snails are responded to to finish the daily mission and earn tokens from the reward pool.
As for the competition, I’d like to buy 2 Gen1 Atlantic snails similar.
Genome. They will go to the competition race and do some breeding jobs. I want to train these 2 Atlantic to be the top-level racers.
This is my strategy; if you have your ideas, welcome to dm me for further discussion 🙂
Since the Snail Trail is still under maintenance and no one has ever tried the actual game, it’s hard to judge the inverted risk. Don’t forget to DYOR before making any decision. I strongly recommend that every interested player read the game docs carefully before the game starts.
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